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    #16
    Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
    Did you do the St George marathon?
    Yes I did and I've signed up again for this year.

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      #17
      So I’m thinking early September (not this year) based on what I read, but I am so torn because I’d prefer more snow-capped mountains, so maybe late June? The hotels I’ve noted, can anyone provide feedback if these are in good locations?

      Spring Hill Suites, Jackson Hole (could use Marriott rewards)
      TownePlace Suites, Missoula (same)
      Cedar Creek Lodge, GNP
      Fairfield Inn, Butte (same)
      Last edited by landrover; 13 Jul 2018, 8:33 PM.

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        #18
        If they have a heavy snow year, some roads may not be open even by the end of June. Early September is usually pretty good, but I had friends who went the middle of September last fall, and they had snow in Yellowstone...

        In Glacier, Teton, and parts of Yellowstone, there is snow on the peaks 365 days per year.

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          #19
          You can't go before Memorial Day or after Labor day the places are pretty much closed. Its winter. Go the last two weeks in August. Kids are gone back to school with their families and dogs. Go at a slower pace. Look the book "Accesible National parks." There is a trail in Yellowstone built by a gimp ranger, for chairs. Other parks have other stuff. There was an old time bus in Glacier you could tour the park in. Personally Glacier sucks to drive in. All you see is the bumper of the guy in front of you. I could spend 10 months in the Yellowstone area and be happy. Same with most parks. I've sat in the woods 10 feet off a trail and watched 100 hikers go by. They never saw me or the Mama moose and her calf standing right next to me.

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            #20
            As I continue to research it further, I'm wondering if it might be best to eliminate GNP this trip, and if fortune should have it, visit another time. I'm concerned I'd spread our time too thin at Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone. I'd still be interested in doing a loop up to Butte by way of Livingston and Bozeman, unless others think that'd be a waste of time?

            Sunday: Fly into Jackson, rent van. Explore Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone (unsure how to divide time) through Sunday, leaving Sunday to drive 4+ hrs to Butte by way of Livingston and Bozeman. Stay overnight. Leave early Monday return to Jackson, stay overnight. Fly out next day.

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              #21
              Another option might be to drive the Beartooth Highway. I have never done this myself, but a friend did and raved about the spectacular views from the road:

              http://beartoothhighway.com/wild-beartooth/


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                #22
                Thanks for the recommendation. The site suggests 3 hours one way,so that'd be tough to return to a home base (6 hours in one day), so would it be better to go one-way, stay elsewhere, or turn around at some point? The videos look beautiful.
                Last edited by landrover; 15 Jul 2018, 7:03 AM.

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                  #23
                  Anyone with knowledge know if Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone is a good base for exploring Yellowstone for several days, and Spring Hill Suites in Jackson Hole for Grand Teton? Both have suites with roll-out sofas that I imagine would work with my lift, just would need to verify clearance AROUND the sofa bed. I'm still thinking of the first full week in September, or the week prior.
                  Last edited by landrover; 15 Jul 2018, 11:37 AM.

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                    #24
                    Ugh...I just spoke with Canyon Lodge. The reservation rep was so helpful, but in the end, the beds are an issue. She spoke with housekeeping/maintenance, who confirmed platform beds. And there was concern about the space around the sofa bed. Frustrating.


                    Update: After hanging up, I then thought to ask how much distance there was between wall and bed, other then 'tight fit'. I spoke with the manager, who said things could be moved if need be. He is supposed to send me pics. I did make a tentative reservation for August 24th-Sept 2, and can cancel/modify w/o penalty up to 30 days out. I know I won't be staying there the whole time, or know yet without seeing the pics if it'll work, but at least I have a room in park reserved. I did have to upgrade to a suite for the foldout couch, which unfortunately costs twice as much, but oh well.
                    Last edited by landrover; 15 Jul 2018, 3:58 PM.

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                      #25
                      Contemplating 2 lodging locations, one in West Yellowstone, the other inside the park (Canyon Lodge). The one in West Yellowstone is newer, looks nicer. Would i be missing out/wasting more time by lodging in W. Yellowstone vs. lodging in the park?

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                        #26
                        If you do decide to go to Glacier you have to do the road to the Sun. You said you wanted to see snow and at the top of the road there was snow there at the visitor center in mid July. I was not that all impressed with Grand Teton but to each their own.

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                          #27
                          I will not be going to Glacier this trip.

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                            #28
                            If you want snow, it snowed on me in July when I crossed the Beartooth Hwy. The views are amazing!
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                              #29
                              Thanks! I'm not so much looking to see snow, other then snow-capped mountains.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by landrover View Post
                                Thanks! I'm not so much looking to see snow, other then snow-capped mountains.
                                You'll see plenty on Beartooth. Take your binocs.
                                "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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